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Y’all know how much I like fried food, right? Pan fried pork chops are no exception.
Want to know a secret? These are ridiculously easy to make. You can have this meal on the table in less than 30 minutes. Seriously. So. Easy. Yet, I feel like a rock star when I successfully fry up these delicious Southern pan fried pork chops.
Years ago I was intimidated to fry food. I thought it was something that only the finest Southern cooks could master. I also thought I needed a Fry Daddy. Neither of those statements are true. Good Southern fried food isn’t hard to master. You only need to know a few tricks.
My favorite trick for frying up comfort food is to save money. You aren’t surprised, right? Get this: right now you can earn $0.75 when you purchase (1) Smithfield All Natural Fresh Pork (while supplies last) by using the Ibotta app. Click here to get the coupon!
What’s better than saving money? Winning money! I’ve got a sweepstakes for you to enter at the end of this post. Check it out and enter to win a $100 Walmart gift card!
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The next trick you need to know for frying up Southern comfort food is to buy quality meat. I always try to buy all natural pork and chicken when I fry comfort food because it’s always the juiciest. Nothing is more disappointing than biting into dry fried food. You need it to be juicy.
I bought my Smithfield All Natural Boneless Pork Chops at Walmart. You can find it in the fresh meats section. My Walmart had it right by the pork sign. It must be popular because there was only one left. I was really happy to score the last one!
There are many different ways to fry food, but the easiest by far is to pan fry. While I love the classic chicken fried pork chops, I rarely have time to batter them correctly. That’s way I almost always opt for this easy recipe (full recipe at the end of the post).
It’s so easy that you only need a few ingredients: pork, flour, butter, oil, and a couple spices. I love when a recipe has 5 or less ingredients. Cooking doesn’t get much easier than this.
I season my pork chops with a little salt and pepper, then coat them in a mixture of flour and cayenne pepper. Sometimes I go crazy and listen to country music while I fry food even though I’m not a country fan. It just feels right.
Heat up the oil over medium high heat until it sizzles with a small drop of water. Add some butter and get frying.
Fry until golden brown. For me this means 2-3 minutes on one side and 1-2 minutes on the other.
Here’s the biggest tip you need to know: don’t put fried food on a paper towel. So many recipes will tell you to do this. If you do, the fried goodness will get soggy. Take this advice seriously because no one likes soggy fried food. No one.
I always put my fried food on a cooling rack. This is the best advice you’ll ever get when it comes to keeping your fried pork chops crispy.
These turned out to be so crispy on the outside and perfectly juicy on the inside. I even love to keep these as leftovers because they are still delicious the next day.
Hungry yet? I am! It’s past dinner as I write this, but I’m craving some good ole’ comfort food now. Enough with the teasing, here’s the recipe.
- 4-6 Smithfield All Natural Boneless Pork Chops
- 1 C. all purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
- 1/2 C. canola oil
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- Heat canola oil over medium high heat in a cast iron skillet or Dutch oven.
- While oil heats up, mix the cayenne pepper and flour.
- Season the Smithfield All Natural Boneless Pork Chops with salt and pepper on each side then coat in the flour mixture.
- Add butter to the canola oil until melted.
- Cook 2-3 pork chops at a time for 2-3 minutes or until golden brown. Flip and cook for another 1-2 minutes or until golden brown.
- Repeat until all pork chops are cooked.
- Season with more salt and pepper to taste
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What’s your favorite comfort food?